It: Chapter Two Review
It: Chapter Two is a film that features electric performances, strong visuals, and interesting themes, but it is ultimately boggled down by its long runtime, wonky mythology, and a bad ending. Here’s what I loved, what I liked, and what makes the film fall apart.
What I Loved
As I tweeted when I go out of the movie theater, Bill Hader is the true MVP of It: Chapter Two. His performance as Richie is phenomenal and spot-on. He brings a comedic energy to the film that is desperately needed, while also nailing his dramatic moments.
Because It: Chapter Two doesn’t have a lot of scares, I was actually able to look at the screen and truly appreciate the striking visuals on display. Watching this film is like walking through a twisted, modern art exhibit, which I genuinely enjoyed.
What I Liked
Like Bill Hader, James Ransone steals the audience’s attention anytime he is on screen. Both Hader and Ransone exemplify the characteristics of their younger counterparts perfectly. And Hader and Ransone both keep the film afloat, when its quality dips due to slow pacing and lack of scares.
Usually I would put Bill Skarsgård in the “loved” category, but Skarsgård wasn’t given enough time to truly be Pennywise. Skarsgård was great, of course, but a lot of the film’s time was used for hallucinations, illusions, and discussing the mythology of Pennywise’s origin. Skarsgård’s version of Pennywise is almost like a twisted performance artist and he wasn’t truly given enough time to perform his art in It: Chapter Two.
What Makes The Film Fall Apart
It: Chapter Two is very faithful to Stephen King’s novel, but here, it could have benefited from deviating from the source material just a bit more. The mythology of Pennywise’s origin and how to defeat IT weighs down the film. And because of the strange origin, Mike’s character (the communicator of this) suffers greatly. In the film, he comes off as the “crazy, ranting” character and he didn’t feel apart of the group. And this mythology leads to a bad ending that feels muddled and confused.
Underwritten Roles for Great Actors
While Bill Hader and James Ransone command the screen, there are roles here that are criminally underwritten. Both Jessica Chastain’s and James McAvoy’s roles are underwritten and the actors are not used as much as they should be. Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy are the biggest names so I expect them to have the biggest roles. But only Hader prevailed out of the three. The flashbacks in the film were not needed (only Richie’s flashback offered new information vital to the character and the film). The time used for flashbacks could have been used to add more story to the script, which brings me to my next point.
Too Long and Wastes Time
The runtime of the film is 2 hours and 49 minutes. Personally, I don’t mind long movies as long as every minute is valuable. But, for It: Chapter Two, I have no idea why the film is so long. The Losers spend a lot of the film apart (ironic, since their slogan is “losers stick together.”) There is too much time wasted where the Losers are separate. The strongest scene in the film is the Chinese restaurant scene, where the Losers are all together. It: Chapter Two is at its weakest when they’re apart, which unfortunately is too much of the film.
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